I am growing Mexican Sunflowers (tithonia) in the flower bed outside of my living room windows. they are a very large plant and they are an absolute butterfly magnet. I have never seen a plant that attracts so many different butterflies (hummingbirds too).
My cats just sit at the window and watch them too.
That is a celery I regret from the roots of an organic celery I got at the store just to see how it works. Works great. That celery had many bugs on it. Tons of aphids, tons of lady bug larva, and then the swallowtail cats.
And here's that huge parsley plant, hiding most of the dill, and maybe more caterpillars! I found the 3 more when I trimmed this earlier, removing the yellowed and browned stems underneath. I use parsley, but I can't keep up with this thing! DSCF0342 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Aug 10, 2020 23:11:09 GMT -5
I just found 6 of those on my dill today, and that was just the dill on my deck, not the 12 plants I planted in my raised bed, mainly for the butterflies! When I cut off the flowering heads of dill for the pickling, I made sure that I didn't get any - they were only about 3/8" long then, but a little over an inch now.
Post by pepperhead212 on Sept 6, 2020 16:35:47 GMT -5
I found 6 more caterpillars on my dill, in the raised bed today! The dill went to seed long ago, and really hasn't had anything harvestable, other than some seeds for pickles, and I was actually going to pull it out, until I saw the caterpillars. I took photos of the largest ones. I was surprised that they got enough to eat on those plants, but they seem to have grown without any problems! One of 6 swallowtail caterpillars on the dill, 9-6 by pepperhead212, on Flickr